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There are 14 unique massage therapy treatments available at The Massage Center – Clermont. Perhaps one of the best uses of massage therapy is as a form of complementary care for various physiological issues. As massage therapy grows in popularity and as more physicians are recommending massage therapy as a low-cost, low-risk outlet of complementary care, more individuals suffering from bodily pain are seeking so-called medical massages to alleviate their symptoms of disease, chronic pain, physical disabilities, range of motion issues, and other bodily ailments. There isn’t a specific treatment or treatments for a medical massage. The kind of pain the individual and the intensity of that pain usually dictates the treatment the massage therapist is to perform.
Out-patient counselors and physicians usually encourage massage treatments to alleviate symptoms associated with surgery and injury, both of which can induce pain and limit range of motion. Massage treatments are not meant to cure the symptoms but are instead meant to complement the healing process. Medical massages have been shown to improve modestly the quality of life of people suffering from a range of muscular and skeletal diseases as well as play an increasingly important role in rehabilitation and occupational therapy. Anything from osteoarthritis to headaches to muscle cramps to cancer can be alleviated with medical massages.
Benefits of Medical Massage
Even relatively mild pains, such as those associated with strenuous labor, can be addressed with medical massages. For example, millions of workers who spend a significant amount of time on their feet often report chronic foot pain. The regular application of a foot massage that involves lightly pressured strokes along the foot’s major muscle groups, toe and ankle rotation, flexion, and extension is believed to be effective care for individuals suffering from chronic foot pain. In a randomized controlled study done by Griffith University in Queensland, Australia, researchers found significant decreases in diastolic blood pressure, anxiety and pain in employees in a long term care facility (LTC). These employees spent many long hours providing direct care to patients with dementia, a debilitating brain disease that often leaves victims unable to take care of themselves. While some employees felt guilty receiving the foot massages, they also felt much-needed relief from their work-related pains. In another study conducted at the Boston Medical Center, nurses, physicians and social workers were invited to a “Massage Break” once a week. Employees who participated in the massage sessions reported reduced levels of anxiety and improved mood. Many companies around the country are investing more time and money in employee wellness programs that sometimes offer massage treatments, an indication that one day massage treatments may become the norm for workers of a diverse array of fields. The Massage Center provides its own version of the medical massage that addresses a long list of physical ailments and utilizes several different positions.
It might be stretch to say that such massage treatments are helping to save lives. However, when the Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent tsunami rocked the east coast of Japan and caused floods, nuclear failures, and widespread destruction that left thousands dead and thousands more displaced, the benefits of medical massages were far more than complementary. Workers from Tohoku University’s Department of Traditional Asian Medicine visited seven evacuation centers to provide massage therapy and acupuncture. Most disaster victims reported various symptoms, including chronic back and shoulder pain weeks after the devastation. The massage therapy and acupuncture provided not only helped to alleviate the pain but also fostered a sense of trust and safety between therapists and clients, over ninety percent of whom reported such positive effects. For people who had suffered unimaginable psychological trauma, that sense of security is more invaluable than any temporary physical relief. Whatever their purported physical effects, there is little doubt that massage therapy can certainly assist in mental healing.
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Yang, Jing-Ian, et al. “Effects and Predictors of Shoulder Muscle Massage for Patients with Posterior Shoulder Tightness.” BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 13.46 (2012): 1-8. ProQuest Central. 29 Apr. 2013. Web.Article submitted by: Dan Abella Content Writer The Massage Center